Gene Summers, the modernist architect who worked with Mies van der Rohe and was directly involved with the Seagram building and Farnsworth House, began designing furniture and sculpture in the mid-1980s. Working out of his home and studio located in Saint-Paul-de-Vence in France, Summers developed more than 100 designs in bronze, the material (used for the Seagram building) revealing his architectural background. His works are made using lost wax casting a precise process that pays homage to ancient and traditional modes of production. Summers worked with three foundries to produce his high quality designs: an Italian foundry in Pietrasanta located just three hours by car from his home in France, Walla Walla Foundry in Washington and most recently Blue Mountain Fine Art in Oregon.
Summers drew inspiration from myriad sources including architects such as Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe and artists like Giacometti, Miro, Picasso and Matisse and the resulting works offer a new and fresh perspective on functional design. Elegant yet comfortable, the works of this collection seamlessly bridge the worlds of art and design. Made only in limited edition, the Gene Summers Collection is available exclusively on Wright Now.
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